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Pahoa man critically injured by spear gun in confrontation

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A man was critically injured when he was shot with a spear gun and a woman was hit with a rock Tuesday night in the Puna district, Hawaii County police said.

Officers arrested a 49-year-old Pahoa man for second-degree attempted murder. He was being held in the police cell block.

Police responded to a 10:15 p.m. call of a man shot with a spear gun during a confrontation on Leilani Avenue in the Leilani Estates subdivision.

The victim, a 20-year-old Pahoa man, was taken to Hilo Medical Center in critical condition. He underwent surgery. Police did not say where he was wounded.

A 61-year-old woman was hit on one of her legs by a large rock, police said. She was treated at Hilo Medical Center and released.

Police ask that anyone who may have seen the incident to contact Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or famuimuia@co.hawaii.hi.us, or Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or tpataray@co.hawaii.hi.us. 

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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